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Iran and Saudi Arabia exchange high-level visits


TEHRAN, April 18 (IANS) Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Tehran and Saudi Arabia will exchange visits, including high-level visits, as part of the two Arab countries’ efforts to fully restore bilateral relations and in line with their agreements to expand cooperation. .

Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani made the remarks on Monday at a press conference here in response to a question about any further details about a possible visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Saudi Arabia, Xinhua reported.

Al-Kinani said that Raisi received a visit invitation from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to which the president responded by inviting the king to visit Tehran.

Al-Kinani added that the foreign ministers of the two countries had invited each other to pay visits.

The spokesman stressed that such reciprocal visits will only take place after the necessary planning and the implementation of the required operational steps.

Al-Kanaani indicated that the two sides are on the way to implementing two comprehensive agreements, one to expand economic, commercial, cultural and sports cooperation with each other, and the other to increase security cooperation.

He stressed that the delegations of the two countries will conduct more exchanges in the near future to implement the two agreements.

Al-Kinani expressed optimism that the rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh will enhance regional cooperation and rapprochement and benefit the entire region.

In response to a question about whether the Tehran-Riyadh agreement will affect the talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, Al-Kinani said that the relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia do not have any specific relationship to the nuclear talks.

In March, Iran and Saudi Arabia reached an agreement in China that includes an agreement to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies and missions within two months.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in early 2016 in response to attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran after the kingdom executed a Shiite cleric.

– Jans


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